Friday, 17 August 2018

Father sells his daughter to passers-by in the street to pay for treatment for his three-year-old son with leukaemia

Father sells his daughter to passers-by in the street to pay for treatment for his three-year-old son with leukaemia

A Chinese father who wanted to sell his young daughter in order to be able to raise money for the payment of his sick son has seen his online crowdfunding accounts frozen after raising 90,000 yuan (£10,283) from various crowdfunding platform.

His crowdfunding was frozen after facing a public backlash, with the father-of-two insisting that he hadn't really intended to sell his daughter.

He claimed that he did what he did to get the attention of the public to his son and he regretted what he had done.

The father, Liang Yujia, was first seen holding his three-year-old daughter as well as a signboard on a street in Chengdu on August 7, reported Beijing Youth Daily.

Mr. Liang claimed on his signboard that his family lives in the Emeishan city in Sichuan Province and he would 'give' her 'lovely and cute' daughter to the person who could provide money to treat the girl's twin brother, who has leukaemia.

Father sells his daughter to passers-by in the street to pay for treatment for his three-year-old son with leukaemia

He said that his son was diagnosed with leukemia in July and he had spent 50,000 yuan (£5,710) treating him. He also claimed that he would need another 500,000 to 600,000 yuan (£57,100-68,500) in order to save his son.

Beijing Youth Daily reported that the combined monthly income of Mr. Liang's family was around 7,000 yuan (£799), and the family was struggling to cover the astronomical bills, according to Mr. Liang's wife.


The father and daughter were said to be begging near the West China Second University Hospital of Sichuan University, where Mr. Liang's son Cheng Cheng was treated.

An onlooker took a picture of Mr. Liang, his daughter and the signboard before uploading it to Chinese social media. The picture immediately caused an outrage.

Some people accused Mr. Liang of being gender biased because he favored his son over his daughter. While others suspected that he was a self-promoting fraud. There were also web users calling Mr. Liang's behavior 'daylight human trafficking'.

Mr. Liang had raised around 90,000 yuan (£10,283) to pay for his son's medical bills on various crowdfunding platforms.

However after his picture sparked controversy, his accounts have been frozen by respective crowdfunding .. It is reported that the websites made the decision after receiving complaints from the public.

Father sells his daughter to passers-by in the street to pay for treatment for his three-year-old son with leukaemia

Speaking to The Cover News, Mr. Liang said he had been forced to put up the signboard because he had 'no other choices'. He claimed that he decided to trade his daughter after seeing 'other examples' online.

He insisted that he hadn't really intended to give away his daughter, but thought that it could be a way to draw some attention to his son.

Mr. Liang expressed his regret during the interview.

BJNews said that Mr Liang managed to draw 44,508 yuan (£5,084) he had raised through a platform called 'Ai Xin Chou', but his two other fund-raising accounts have been frozen.

'Chun Yu Chou', one of the two platforms that have suspended Mr Liang's account, has offered to issue the family a 50,000 yuan (£5,714) advance to help cover the bills before it takes further actions on his account pending investigation.

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